by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School boy’s soccer team suffered a 4-2 heartbreaking loss to Lakota West High School on Thursday. Hamilton falls to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Greater Miami Conference.
The Big Blue started off strong, scoring two goals back to back in the first half. The first came from senior Lupe Olivia in the 32st minute. Olivia took a corner kick that curved perfectly into the goal. The second came from senior Alvin Mantey a minute later off a pass from junior Gabby Olivia.
West responded with two quick goals of their own with less than 8 minutes left in the first half. At the 7:40 minute goalie Logan Denholm came out to defend the goal and collided with a Lakota West forward. He was called for a penalty and a free kick was awarded to the Firebirds. With 2:19 remaining West scored again off a corner kick to tie the score at 2 going into halftime.
Lakota West scored again with 27:32 on the clock in the second half off a corner kick. Less than 10 minute later, the Firebirds scored again on a fast break. The Big Blue defense was able to hold off the Firebirds countless attempts to score for the remainder of the half.
Head Coach Jeff Wolkoff said: “We didn’t respond well enough. I mean it wasn’t a step back for us, we haven’t scored two goals on [Lakota West] ever so thats a positive to take out of it. We just have to be better defensively.”